Event Dates: 3/10/15 – 4/9/15
Entry Deadline: 1/16/15


Images – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Total Media – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3

Entry Fee (Watercolor Art Society Houston ): $35.00
Admin (Basic Membership Dues): $45.00
Admin (Gold Patron Dues): $200.00
Admin (Bronze Membership Dues): $70.00
Admin (Silver Membership Dues): $130.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum): $15.00

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Founded in 1975, the Watercolor Art Society-Houston (WAS-H) brings the excitement of water-based media to the greater Houston area with outstanding exhibitions, world-class instruction and dedicated community outreach.  WAS-H is a non-profit organization with over 500 members providing year-round opportunities for every level of painter in water based mediums. Artists and art lovers enjoy year round exhibits that change each month (openings the second Friday of each month, see website for details) and opportunities for classes, paint outs, and sales in the WAS-H Gallery in the heart of the Houston Museum District.

The 38th Annual International Exhibition, in conjunction with a special 5 day workshop with juror Eric Weigardt, offers artists an unprecedented opportunity to compete at a high level of international artistic talent and ability as well as the chance to view and exhibit work for sale in the WAS-H Gallery in the Houston Museum District for an entire month.


Artists may submit up to 3 paintings for consideration in the exhibition; if accepted, only one painting per artist will be chosen.

Entry fees:

$35 – one entry
$50 – two entries
$60 – three entries (use $5 coupon at checkout)

Gold Patrons may enter up to 3 paintings for consideration free of charge.*

Credit Card, Check, PayPal

Pay entry fees here on CAFE with credit card,

mail checks to: Karen Lindeman, International Exhibition Director, 1601 W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77006, or use

Paypal: after completing your application in CAFE, click “check” at checkout and go to  http://www.watercolorhouston.org to use the International Exhibition Paypal button. Please note that your submission is not complete if payment is not received at the gallery by the close of the call.

**Make sure to verify that your entry is complete and correct before you check out. 

Once you check out, you cannot change the images, add new images, or otherwise modify your entry in any way.

Handling fees:
must be paid by all artists accepted into the Exhibition upon notification of acceptance:
-$25 – hand delivered work, or
-$50 – Shipped work and/or hand delivered work that must be shipped back to the artist

*Gold Patrons must pay handling fees.

Once you receive notifcation that your work is accepted, please complete your entry by paying handling fees via credit card on CAFE, by PayPal at http://www.watercolorhouston.org, or for hand delivered work, a check may be attached to the back of the painting. Shipped work handling fees must be paid by credit card or paypal prior to shipment, or the entry will be disqualified. Work will not be returned to the artist until handling fees are paid and a pre-paid return shipping label is delivered to WAS-H. 

Work received without a prepaid, return shipping label that is not picked up at the WAS-H Gallery by April 18, 2015, will become the property of the WAS-H Gallery and will not be returned to the artist unless prior arrangements have been made with the WAS-H Board of Directors. A $10 late fee will apply to any hand-delivered work not picked up by April 18, 2015.

All paintings must be clearly labeled on the back with the Title, Artist, Artist phone #, Medium, Price or “NFS”.


  • 1st   $2000
  • 2nd  $1200
  • 3rd   $900
  • Jack Bowen Award
  • Board of Directors Award TBA
  • Lloyd Albers Award $500
  • Merit Awards and Honorable Mention Certificates


Only framed works will be accepted at the Gallery for the Exhibition. Please see framing rules and guidelines in “Legal”.

Join WAS-H!

Artists are encouraged, but not required, to join WAS-H. You can join and pay membership fees at checkout, or visit our website at www.watercolorhouston.org. We offer classes, workshops, a wonderful workshop studio, free monthly artist demos and art talks, monthly member gallery receptions and shows to display your work, discounts on packing materials and local business products, and the best monthly art reception in Houston.


  • WAS-H cordially invites you and your guests to attend our reception and awards ceremony honoring the International Exhibition Artists, Winners, and Juror.
    • WAS-H Gallery
    • 1601 W. Alabama
    • Houston, TX 77006
    • Friday, March 13, 2015
    • 6-8pm.

Prizes will be distributed at the reception.

International Exhibition Catalogue:

A limited edition catalogue is included in the entry fee and will be sent to all artists submitting entries. Additional copies may be available for $20. Please email inquiries.


Artists may also wish to sign up for Eric Weigardt’s workshop, which runs March 9-13, 2015, in the WAS-H building, on a first-come, first serve basis; see the WAS-H website for details and forms. Artists are not required to submit to the Exhibition to apply to the workshop.

Framing and delivery discounts and assistance:

WAS-H Members receive a discount on the workshop fee as well as a 20% discount from Airfloat on shipping containers for paintings.

Shipping  to the Gallery: Members receive a 20% discount on Strongbox by Airfloat. 800-445-2580www.airfloatsys.com.  Do not use foam peanuts, wooden crates or packing with screws or nails. WAS-H will return artwork in the packaging in which it was delivered.

For framing assistance, especially out of town and international artists, please contact Jay’s Frames: [email protected]832-470-3729, 1426 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008. www.jaysframes.com. Artists who contract with Jay’s Frames can ship work directly to the frame shop in a tube. The frame shop will frame and mat accepted works, using WAS-H guidelines, and will deliver the framed work to the Gallery by the deadline if work is received at the frame shop by February 18, 2015.  Work will be returned to the artist in the original packaging, without the frame or mat, unless the artist makes arrangements with WAS-H for prepaid return shipment in the frame and delivery of a shipping container and packaging to WAS-H. Please see the section labeled “LEGAL AGREEMENT”  for information about framing guidelines. Please contact us if you have questions returning shipped work with or without the frame.